Georgia’s jobless rate drops to 9.9 percent in April

Georgia’s unemployment rate dropped to 9.9 percent in April from 10 percent in March — the first time in nearly two years that it was back in single digits, the state labor department said Thursday.

April was the third consecutive month for job growth.

“This developing trend shows increasing confidence in the economy,” state Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said in a statement.

The last time the state’s rate was below 10 percent was in June 2009. A year ago, the rate was 10.1 percent.

There were job increases over both the month and year, the labor department said. There were 3,834,100 payroll jobs in April — up eight-tenths of a percentage point from March. Also, there was an increase of one-tenth of a percentage point from April 2010.

Most of the new jobs were added in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, trade, educational and health services, and construction.

The number of long-term unemployed workers — a persistent problem in the state — fell 2.6 percent from March to April. Still, there were 254,800 Georgians out of work for at least 27 weeks — 18.4 percent higher than a year ago. The long-term unemployed account for 55.1 percent of Georgia’s 462,370 jobless workers.

Also on the negative side of ledger, 54,337 laid-off workers filed initial claims for unemployment insurance benefits in April — an increase of 8 percent from March. But, there was a decrease of 10.4 percent from April 2010.

Most of the first-time claims were filed in manufacturing, administrative and support services, trade and construction, the labor department said.

April marked the 43rd consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.0 percent.

The labor department is scheduled to release metro Atlanta’s rate next Thursday. For March, it stood at 9.8 percent.

- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat

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11 comments Add your comment


May 19th, 2011
7:14 am

Don’t they only count people that are actively seeking employment?

Buzz G

May 19th, 2011
7:46 am

There are a whole bunch of unemployed people not counted in this number. True unemployment is enormous. I know several people who have basically given up looking. What a horrible position to be in: no future other than handouts.

When Obama was elected, gas was $1.84 a gallon. We are now cheering because it has recently dropped before $4 per gallon. Man, is that Obama’s “hope and change” ever working well. But these high gas prices suck the profit out of much of the economy and will certainly put a damper on hiring.

Our nation simply cannot survive four more years with the smiling monster in the White House.

Between the burdens of servicing a $14 trillion Obama debt and $4 gas, our economy will just not be able to get up a head of steam. It is high time we cleaned house in Washington.

native atlantan

May 19th, 2011
8:12 am

Anyone who actually believes Atl unemployment is “only” 9.9% is crazy. Way too many businesses that I go into have a lot more that 1 out of 10 employees gone these days vs about 3 years ago. Can you say e-verify, green cards, immigration? Send the undesireables back to where they came from, and get the natives back to work in Atlanta. Stop using all of our services, having kids, using ebt cards for food, and sending money out of this country.


May 19th, 2011
8:12 am

Wow. Buzz G, I sincerely hope you are not as ignorant as your comment makes you seem. While I agree with getting rid of ALL politicians, blaming this on the President just shows a lack of knowledge about how things actually work.

mothers concerned

May 19th, 2011
9:06 am

I stop going to claim because the people that worked there are so rude. I didn’t what that treatment again I’ve been out of work now for two years. My benefits ran out It’s been hard but I thank God for my husband who supports me and the kids.


May 19th, 2011
9:21 am

Hey Buzz G, you forgot to mention that we had $4 a gallon gas when George Bush was president.And how about leaving us with the worst economy since the Depression.Don’t forget that 1
1/2 trillion dollar war over weapons of mass destruction that were never found.And how about those tax cuts for the rich.How much did this add to the debt? Now the right wing Reps.want to do away with social security and medicare to pay for all this.Let’s not blame it all on Obama.


May 19th, 2011
10:14 am

Dear Native Atlantan,

Please re-read what you wrote… “Anyone who actually believes Atl unemployment is “only” 9.9% is crazy. Way too many businesses that I go into have a lot more that 1 out of 10 employees gone these days vs about 3 years ago.”

Last I checked, “1 out of every 10″ is 10%… which is only 0.1% from 9.9%. Just sayin.

P.S. If all of you nay sayers would get off your heinies and spend half the amount of time looking for a job as you do complaining about not having a job and trying to find someone to blame, this entire country would be a lot better off.

Let’s concentrate on the positive. Unemployment is dropping slowly but surely and jobs are being created. There are jobs to be had; however, you’re not just going to walk in somewhere and be hired on the spot anymore nor are you going to be hired by hiding behind your home computer. You actually have to work to find work. *GASP* Imagine that. Times have changed and it’s time for us to change with them.

[...] OK, 9.9% is still above the national average, but below 10% (stop rounding off!) The last time the state’s rate was below 10 percent was in June 2009. A year ago, the rate was 10.1 percent. [...]


May 19th, 2011
10:36 am

There are a lot of people looking for jobs that have been out of work for nearly 2 years. People are not lazy, there are just not enough jobs to go around and companies make the hiring process very difficult by not being flexible and looking for that mythical “perfect employee” that knows all the specialized software, has oodles of specialized experience, and oh, is already employed. There is discrimination against the long term employed, and I’m just talking about admin jobs


May 19th, 2011
10:58 am

What a joke. I can’t find a job anywhere and I am a lawyer ( maybe that is why). But seriously I would take a $12.00 an hour admin job and can’t even get an interview for one of those. I’ve networked, used connections, sent our resumes etc and nothing… I have tried and tried and can’t get anything.


May 19th, 2011
10:27 pm

Where is TnGelding to weigh in with his liberal spin? That always gives me a chuckle.
And the half-wits that tell you to get off your duff and get a job kill me as well…sure wish I had their job where I can sit around all day posting on a message board how great the times are under this current administration. Must be government employees. Exact same jerkoffs that were quick to blame Bush for everything, including the wind changing direction.